The Impossible Exhibitions present in one exhibition space, in the form of reproductions of actual size (1:1) and very high definition, the complete work of the great Italian painters of the XV, XVI and XVII century: from Leonardo to Raphael, from Botticelli to Caravaggio, from Piero della Francesca to Titian, from Antonello da Messina to Giorgione, from Mantegna to Bronzino, from Paolo Uccello to Veronese.
The Impossible Exhibitions start a new type of museum, designed for not only seasoned gallery-goers, but also the vast audience that does not usually go to museums or art exhibitions, and the young, highly attracted to innovation: an instance of cultural democracy inspired by the reflections of André Malraux, Paul Valéry and Walter Benjamin on reproducing works of art.
Spreading masterpieces by one artist in cities over different continents makes it almost impossible to set up exhibitions giving an overall vision of works by great artists: a situation made even more problematic by museum directors’ understandable reluctance to grant work loan. This is the origin of the idea of organising and setting up The Impossible Exhibitions, not only in museums but also in castles, villas and historic buildings in large cities and old towns, in Italy and all over the world.
Il catalogo delle Mostre Impossibili
The catalogue of the Impossible Exhibitions
Come nascono Le Mostre Impossibili
How The Impossible Exhibitions started
Stressing the value of reproductions does not mean resizing the “sacredness” of the original masterpiece; on the contrary, spreading the work reproductions like a sort of philologically impeccable, highly efficient trailer: an invitation to visit the masterpieces of our country.
“No reproduction, however technically perfect, can be more gripping and touching than the original work. However, the photographic reproduction of works of art has allowed tens of millions of people to know and appreciate the masterpieces by great artists of all times, at the same time urging them to visit the places hosting them so they can admire them in the splendour of their authenticity”. André Malraux
The first Impossible Exhibition was in 2003 in Naples, at Sant’Elmo. The exhibition, dedicated to Caravaggio, included sixty-nine paintings; practically all the works by Michelangelo Merisi. In four weeks, there were around four thousand visitors, many of them young. Some were fascinated by the marriage of art and digital technology, some by being able to photograph freely, some - it seems strange - by being allowed to speak and touch a painting without an alarm ringing.
Since then, thirty Impossible Exhibitions have been made in cities like Chicago, Malta, Mexico City, Rome, Milan, Naples, Catania and small towns like Porto Ercole, Todi, Seravezza, Östersund (Sweden). The exhibition with most visitors ever was held in the City of Mexico in 2015: 186,000 in just over two months.
Le Mostre Impossibili nei Centri Commerciali e negli Outlet (scarica il pdf)
Impossible Exhibition in Shopping Centers (download_pdf)
Chi può noleggiare le mostre?
Dove posso vedere l'esposizione?
Le singole riproduzioni si possono acquistare?
Who can rent the exhibitions?
Where can I see the show?
Can individual reproductions be purchased?
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“CULTURA E SVILUPPO”
FESR 2014 - 2020